Life Haven, New Haven

$250, March 2005, Lois Fucci (Philippines 1965-67)

Life Haven is a safe and nurturing environment for homeless pregnant women and women with young children that is committed to assisting these women in developing skills that will enable them to live independently. It is located right here in the New Haven area. Life Haven is not a swinging door. Most mothers and their children stay there for about 3 months. During this time period, mothers receive support that helps them to turn around their lives. The staff and counselors at Life Haven provide classes on how to: apply for a job, manage a checkbook, cook healthy meals, improve literacy, use social services to benefit their children’s health, find an apartment, and most importantly… how to deal with the adversities that brought them to Life Haven. After they leave, the women can come back for more counseling and to get clothes for their children from donations that are given to Life Haven. A support system is there for them to help them reach independence is the main focal point of the program. CTRPCVs have volunteered at Life Haven to do community service projects like: gardening, cleaning, and organizing an after school study area for children. One CTRPCV, Lois Fucci, is a regular volunteer and faithful supporter at Life Haven.